Senate Confirms Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson

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By Fox News

The Senate has confirmed Heather Wilson as Air Force secretary, making her President Donald Trump’s first service secretary nominee to be approved by the GOP-led chamber after fits and starts for several others.

Senators voted 76-22 Monday to approve Wilson, who represented New Mexico in the House before becoming a defense industry consultant. Her post-congressional work drew scrutiny for several Democrats, who had questioned an arrangement with government laboratories that paid her $20,000 a month. Wilson denied any impropriety.

Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the top Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, said he voted against Wilson’s nomination because of his lingering concerns with the payments. Reed also cited as troubling a call Wilson made a decade ago while still a member of Congress to a federal prosecutor handling a politically charged corruption probe.

After serving five terms in Congress from New Mexico, Wilson collected nearly half a million dollars in questionable payments from federally funded nuclear labs, the Energy Department’s inspector general said in a 2013 report. Wilson failed to provide documentation for the consulting work she did to earn $20,000 a month from the Los Alamos and Sandia national labs in New Mexico from January 2009 to March 2011, the report said.

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5 Comments on "Senate Confirms Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson"

  1. I think that Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson recently made a statement that she understood there was corruption in the Civil Air Patrol and that it was being publicized through AuxBeacon.

    In response to that, CAPsters have attempted to slant AuxBeacon as a satirical site and that everything they publish is a joke. We know that’s not true and even the defunct AuxNewsNow was profiling very real problems in CAP, but changing the names of the guilty and duped in a hedge that is no longer required.

    One of your most effective in-house pieces was the material you ran from USAF Allan Stein’s autobiography tied to current CAP behavior.

  2. The USAF is incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Wilson replace the incompetent political hack Debbie James. She has a tough job to do to reorient the service from social engineering to an organization designed to win our nations wars. General Goldfein is a marked improvement over his predecessor. Hopefully the AF (and CAP) will greatly improve under their leadership.

  3. Secretary of the AF Letter to Airmen

    May 25, 2017

    I am grateful for the freedoms we enjoy and it will be an honor to serve with you as Secretary of the Air Force…

    We will not take for granted American dominance in air and space power.

    We will use every taxpayer dollar entrusted to us to train for it, equip for it, and fight for it.

    I know each of you will do your duty. I will do my best to do the same.

    DR. HEATHER A. WILSON
    Secretary of the USAF

  4. Skip Munger | May 16, 2017 at 13:57 | Reply

    Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will administer the oath of office for Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson’s swearing-in ceremony at 4 p.m., EDT, today (Tuesday, May 16th) at the Pentagon’s River Entrance. Secretary Wilson and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. David L. Goldfein, will deliver remarks.

  5. Let’s hope she does a better job than “Little Debbie” with cleaning up the corruption in the CAP. But that’s a mighty low bar to clear.

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